A library director oversees all operations at a library. They direct staff - helping ensure that they are efficient and courteous at all times - and make sure that the library is running in an organized manner according to established rules and that books and other library items are organized neatly and efficiently. The library director may be in charge of the hiring of librarians, volunteers, and other staff, as well as carrying out disciplinary action as needed.
Additionally, the library director might be in charge of scheduling library programs such as workshops, special events, and early childhood programs. When improvement programs for the library are implemented, the library director is responsible for overseeing them. Knowledge of accounting and budgeting is essential for library directors, as they may directly oversee their library's budget; they might have to develop innovative, cost-cutting measures to ensure their facility remains within budget, as well as manage grants and fundraising.
Relevant experience - including in a managerial capacity - is needed for these positions; a master's degree in library science or a related field is generally required as well. Strong communication skills are needed, as the library director works directly with customers, subordinates, and other business and agencies. Problem solving skills are also essential, as they regularly deal with operational issues and the implementation of various programs.
A library director may work at a school, public library, museum or other institution that possesses a library. The job is generally full time and takes place indoors.
Library Director Tasks
Promote library services and resources, and ensure library policies and procedures are followed.
Oversee library operations including planning, budgeting and staffing.
Direct the library services program, and participates in formulating long range goals and objectives.
Stay abreast of technology in order to work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information.